J_man (651) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 19, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light roasty aroma with a slightly pungent scent I canít place. Really pretty crystal clear light/medium copper color with a white head. Light toasted bread and hay tastes with a very light sourness in the back. Nicely balanced earthy hop bitterness with a slight pine taste. Lightly creamy texture. Finishes dry and clean. Decent English style IPA.
BucannonXC5 (731) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was light caramel. Probably an inch of head. Caramel-colored lacing with some bubbles on the top. Some frosty film on the sides that stayed throughout.
Smelled caramel malts first. Also some toffee, light coffee and light chocolate in there as well.
Caramel malts up front in the initial taste, followed by a smooth toffee taste. Toasty or roasty finish.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.
A decent beer. It started out very good with the sight and smell, but the rest wasnít as good. I would try this again though.
Cybercat (2915) - Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark amber with a nice fine-bubbled pale tan head. Aroma is hoppy, a little malty and a little spicy. Hoppy, spicy flavor makes it taste somewhat like an IPA mixed with a winter warmer - distinctive and interesting. Texture is firm-bodied, edgy and fizzy, leaving a nice, if not persistent, tingle. Look for it.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2011
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle @ home. Clear, burnt orange appearance with a white head that disappears in no time. Medicinal, herbal hoppy, horrible aroma. Toasty malty, herbal hoppy, horrible macro flavor. One of the worst beers Iíve ever had and definitely the worst IPA Iíve ever had.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2012 Pours a medium copper with a white short lived head. Aroma is dominated by soapy hops with a slight malt note with a funky fruitiness. Flavor is somewhat complex with a hoppiness up front giving way to a malty finish. Not "brilliant" but ok.
thetmaxx (728) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into my new castle glass on my new castle bar mat. I really wondered what the Brits idea of an IPA would be, and now I see itís not quite my idea. Aroma is malty, and earthy hops. Flavor was better, I taste spicy hops. Palate is thick and finishes watery. Overall not my idea of ipa, and by the ratings people agree, but it is drinkable as a amber. I used one to marinade some steaks, hopefully that proves good use for this beer.
Ratman197 (8860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, grape, earthiness, light grassiness and a hint of citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of biscuit, light earthiness, light grape and light grasssiness with a crisp lightly bitter finish.
IrishBoy (3726) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle from Country Club Liquors. Nose is vegetal and floral with a hint of toffee. Clear light amber with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly bitter with some caramel and a slight peppery spices. Tastes much better than it smells.
doboy (413) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2011
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Sorry Newcastle! I expected more from you guys. Poured a dark amber, clear with nice carbonation. head laced to the side. Aroma was kind of a strange european aroma, not one that was noticeable, definately not hoppy. Taste was again kind of strange, probably from the Super Styrian and Styrian Goldings hops I had to research to identify. Mouthfeel was good, aftertaste as unexceptional. Nice try but itís not worth buying another bottle.
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 23, 2011
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Wow, this beer actually tastes almost exactly like this homemade beer that my dad made with a whole can of brewerís yeast covered with cheesecloth. So...not so good. It has a sour apple flavor right at the front. And that sourness continues throughout. Not real strong but tingly and untasty. Very little hops. Boo.